The Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Carlos Gutierrez off waivers from the Twins on Wednesday and to make room on the 40-man roster, designated catcher Anthony Recker for assignment.
The Twins selected Carlos Gutierrez with their first pick (27th overall) in the 2008 draft. Carlos Gutierrez (26 years old, September 22, 1986) posted a 2-2 record in 10 games at the Triple-A level, all in relief, last season with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. The 6-foot-3, 230 pound right-hander owns a 15-20 mark in 136 minor league games with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. In 337 innings, Gutierrez recorded 248 strikeouts, 139 walks and surrendered only 18 home runs.
A shoulder injury and eventual shoulder surgery limited Gutierrez to only 10 games last season. Gutierrez began a throwing program earlier this month according to a report from ESPN Chicago.
The Cubs acquired Anthony Recker from the Oakland A’s for Blake Lalli on August 27. In nine games with the Cubs, Recker put together a .167/.286/.389/.675 line with a home run and a double.
The Cubs’ 40-man roster currently stands at 40 players with five players still on the 60-day DL.
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